Glowing Orb Tracks Sleep Behavior and Bedroom Ambiance

Glowing Orb Tracks Sleep Behavior and Bedroom Ambiance
Design & Architecture

Sense is designed to help users fall asleep soundly and wake up during the ideal moment in their sleep cycle

Leah Gonzalez
  • 28 july 2014

Developed by Hello Inc., a startup that designs and produces hardware and software that aim to help people understand themselves and the world around them, Sense is a system designed to help users take back control over their sleep and sleep better.

Sense is a beautifully-designed orb device that tracks the user’s sleep behavior and monitors their bedroom environment. The system aims to help users fall asleep soundly as well as wake up during the ideal moment in the sleep cycle.

The orb device is equipped with sensors that track environmental factors like movement, noise, light, temperature, humidity, and particles in the air. The device glows green to indicate that it’s a good time to sleep, and it glows orange or yellow to indicate that it is not an ideal sleeping environment. The orb contains a speaker that can play soothing sounds or white noise to help users sleep better. It is this same speaker that plays the alarm that wakes up the user at the right time in the sleep cycle and help them avoid feeling groggy.


The small orb device comes with an even smaller device called the Sleep Pill, which users can attach to their pillow to track their sleep during the night. The small device is built with a 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope that can pick up the slightest movements. Through the Sleep Pill, the system will be able to track if the user is falling asleep, sleeping soundly, thrashing in their sleep, or waking up.


The Sense system works with an iOS and Android app that tells the user their Sleep Score each night. The score basically indicates how well they slept and the app provides the users with other information related to their sleep and their sleeping environment. Through the app, the users can see what factors contributed to the kind of sleep that they had. For example, they can play back sound disturbances to figure out what it was that interrupted their sleep the other night.


Hello has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the device and has already raised over a million with still more than 20 days to go in the campaign. Backers can get their own Sense and Sleep Pill for the early backer price of $99. They can also opt for one Sense device and two Sleep Pills for the early backer price of $129. The campaign ends August 22. Sense is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2014 with a retail price of $129.

Hello was founded by former Thiel Fellow James Proud and Sense marks the company’s first product.

Take a look at the Kickstarter video here.

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